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trial date set
August 15, 2013
The trial of MDC-T deputy
national chairman Morgen Komichi, who is accused of misrepresenting
to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) that he picked up a sealed
tamper-proof envelope with a special vote ballot paper from a dustbin
at a Harare hotel, has been set for August 27.
Komichi is still
in custody since his arrest on July 28, just before the harmonised
His bail application
was dismissed by Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma and the decision
was upheld by High Court judge Justice Hlekani Mwayera.
For the State, law officer
Michael Mugabe alleged that on July 25 this year, Komichi approached
the commission’s deputy director for public relations, Tendai
Pamire, and informed him that he wanted to meet with Zec chairperson
Justice Rita Makarau as he had an issue he wanted to raise with
It is alleged that in
the meeting, Komichi said an unnamed person had informed him that
he had picked up an envelope from a dustbin at the Harare International
Conference Centre where the special vote was being processed.
He further alleged that
he had opened it out of curiosity and discovered that there were
some ballot papers.
He alleged that Zec was
destroying the ballots which had been used by police officers during
the special vote ahead of the July 31 harmonised elections.
When the ballot papers
were opened, it was discovered that they belonged to a policeman,
Mugove Chiginya, who had allegedly voted for the MDC-T.
Zec allegedly noted that
all the ballot papers did not have the presiding officer mark and
that two were marked SV (special vote) while the presidential ballot
paper was not marked SV.
Zec reported the matter
to the police and it was discovered during investigations that Chiginya
had not voted during the special voting exercise. Komichi was then
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